Category: Arthritis / Bone / Joint Health

How to Treat Arthritis Pain Naturally?Types,Symptoms and Natural Treatment

Overview

Arthritis is most common disease throughout the globe and mostly seen in  elderly people.Arthritis is inflammatory disease of joints.Stiffness and tenderness in knee, hip, finger, shoulder, wrist joints are the main symptoms  in arthritis and in case of long run it also affect the long bone .Most common two types of arthritis are osteoarthritis and rheumatoid arthritis. In this rheumatoid arthritis affects body systems  like  cardiovascular system and respiratory system so it also called as systemic disease.

Risk factor:

  • Age-Arthritis is mostly seen in elderly persons, commonly  in females in the middle age.
  • Weight-Over weight  is also a cause of arthritis
  • Injury-Repeated injury to  joints may lead to arthritis
  • Infection-Different type of infections like bacterial, fungal, and viral can causes Arthritis

Sign and symptom:

  • Most common symptom of arthritis is morning stiffness, swelling around joints, redness, numbness, tingling sensations, soreness and throbbing pain in joints, difficulty in walk and difficulty in doing work, weakness

How to Treat Arthritis Pain Naturally

Type of arthritis:

1.Osteoarthritis:

  • Osteoarthritis is degeneration of weight bearing  articular cartilage due to repeated injury and genetics.. In osteoarthritis pathological changes  like thinned cartilage and bone end rub together.
  • Stiffness of all joint, numbness, difficult movements, soreness, redness of all joint along with the associated other symptom like  colitis, constipation, anemia are seen

2.Rheumatoid arthritis:

  • Rheumatoid arthritis result due to the  inflammatory condition of synovial lining of joint and it is also auto-immune disease. Rheumatoid arthritis is a chronic disease   which affects all the small joints and leads to the deformity changes in  the bones.
  • Rheumatoid arthritis can cause inflammatory change in synovial membrane that leads to erosion of bone. Joint pain , swelling, difficulty in moving are the common symptoms of rheumatoid arthritis
  • Also lupus  with rheumatoid arthritis causes  fatigue, fever, skin rashes, shortness of breath, stiffness , numbness ,redness with swelling of joints .Rheumatoid arthritis causes backache  due to the inflammation of spine and vertebral synovial lining of bone.

Ankylosing spondylitis

  • Ankylosing spondylitis is one  type of arthritis which results in rigid spine due to fusion of bones of  spine like BAMBOO SPINE. There occurs pathological firstly inflammation of the vertebral spine, than erosion of bone, than syndesmophytes and finally fusion of bone occur.
  • In ankylosing spondylitis symptom like severe backache, fatigue, difficulty in  movements and doing work occurs, associated with symptoms like fever, shortness of breath .It mainly occurs in young age.

Causative factor:

  • Hormone: In female rheumatoid arthritis is mostly seen in menopausal time
  • Genetic factors are also responsible for RA.
  •  Psychological factor: Anxiety, depression, stress
  • Age and weight:People above 55 to 60 yrs are more affected and overweight act as a trigger factor of rheumatoid arthritis
  • Diet:  High fatty diet, smoking, , alcohol,  carbohydrate rich diet
  • Diagnosis of arthritis:  Diagnosis of  arthritis is made physical examination and Rheumatoid arthritis diagnosis confirmed by RA factor level by blood tests, -X-ray of joints ,CT scan, MRI

Treatment of Arthritis in ayurveda

Ayurvedic Treatment of Arthritis

Herbal remedies for arthritis by Planet Ayurveda:

Joint Support Pack

  • Planet ayurveda offer best combo pack for arthritis. This Joint Care pack is highly effective for arthritis . These herbal remedies are prepared from best quality herbs and strictly following law of Ayurveda.

Curcumin Capsules:

  • Curcumin is an anti-inflammatory agent which is highly effective in any type inflammation in whole body. Curcumin is highly active chemical compound present in turmeric which is used  for medicinal purpose.
  • curcumin capsule is used for treating the abnormal functioning of immune system which is responsible for the inflammation of body. Planet Ayurveda offers an effective capsules to cure osteoarthritis and rheumatoid arthritis.

2.JOINT AID PLUS:

  • Joint aid plus capsule are most effective in relieving all type of joint condition which causes   skeletal problem. This capsule also has nutritional value which help in reliving joint pain and increase strength of bone.
  • Joint aid plus has standardized extract of Nirgundi  (Vitex negundo), Guggul (Commiphora mukul), Shallaki(Boswellia serrata),Sonth(Zingiber officinale) and Ashwagandha(Withania somnifera) they all helps  to make joint healthy.

3.BONE SUPPORT

  • These capsule have extract of calcium. Bone support capsule are prepared from  standardized extract of shudh laksha(laccifer lacca),  Hadjod(cissus  qudragular), praval pishti(corallium rubrum), Suhanjana beej (moringa oleifera),Arjun (Terminalia arjuna), mukta (compund of pearl calcium) and these all are useful in treat to arthritis.
  • This capsule decrease the inflammatory condition of synovial membrane and improve joint mobility.

4.CORAL CALCIUM COMPLEX:

  • Coral calcium complex is combination of all natural plant extract which is mostly effective in calcium absorption by the body. This capsule contain ingredient like coral (praval pishti), an Ayurvedic compounds(jawar mohra pishti and kamdudha ras) ,agate(akik pishti), Pearl(mukta pishti), Giloy satva(Tinospora cordifolia) that provide natural calcium  to body. This capsule is useful in reducing bone fragility by maintaining bone density and decrease the chance of bone fracture.

Dosages:

  • Curcumin Capsule-2 capsule twice daily
  • Joint Aid Plus-2 capsule twice daily
  • Bone Support-2 capsule twice daily
  • Coral Calcium Complex-1 capsule twice daily

HOMEOPATHIC REMEADY FOR ARTHRITIS

Some of homeopathic remedies are also useful in arthritis and  particular rheumatoid arthritis.

  • Calcaria carbonica
  • Arnica
  • Pulsatila
  • Rhus tox
  • Belladonna
  • ledum pal
  • podophyllum

HOME REMEDY FOR ARTHRITIS

  • Weight loss
  • Improve your life style and always be happy
  • Regular exercise
  • Regular massage  helps in reliving  pain andkeeps mind fresh by boosting  the serotonin level
  • Ginger: Powder form of ginger is very useful in arthritis
  • Apple cider vinegar: In apple cider vinegar there is highest value of vitamin-c and it  work as anti-inflammatory
  • Green Tea: It have highest value of anti-oxidants and anti-inflammatory properties
  • Cherries: Cherries and other citric fruit are richest source  of vitamin-c so this is very useful in   arthritis
  • Oil fish: Oil fish have best properties like omega -3 fatty acid that is very useful in reducing inflammation of synovial membrane and  relive  joint pain
  • Nuts: Nuts have highest protein value and rich omega-3 fatty acid so it will help in  relieve arthritis

How Ayurveda Deals With Rheumatoid Arthritis (Ra)

Arthritis is a very common disease that has affected millions of people throughout the globe either in the form of osteoarthritis or rheumatoid arthritis. Rheumatoid arthritis is an autoimmune disorder that primarily affects small joints of hands and feet, further it involves the bigger joints. It is a progressive disease that  disturbs the normal chores of individuals and usually it affects females than males. Those who are affected by rheumatism presents with stiff and inflamed joints along with pain. Initially, it affects joints further it can affect the other organs also.

According to Ayurveda

According to Ayurveda rheumatoid arthritis is called as Aamavata. Here, in this condition, the main involved entities are – Agni, Vata and Ama.

WHAT ARE THE CAUSES OF RHEUMATOID ARTHRITIS?

  • Weak immune system
  • Improper diet and lifestyle
  • Genetic factor
    Risk factors-
  • Obesity
  • Age above 50 are more prone to rheumatoid arthritis.
  •  Smoking and alcohol

FAST FACTS ON RA

  • Swelling and pain increases during the rainy season and cold weather.
  • RA initially affects small joints, with time it affects large joints too.
  • Usually, stiffness occurs in the early morning and as the day passes, person feels better.
  • Stiffness often relieves with mild physical activities.
  • Sometimes symptoms tend to disappear but relapse after a short period of time.
  • It also affects other systems of the body.
  • Initially, RA affects interphalangeal joints, further it can affect bigger joints.

Rheumatoid Arthritis Treatment

SYMPTOMS

Rheumatoid Arthritis

(Reference – Bhavaprakasha / Madhyam khanda / Chikitsa sthana / Chapter no. 26 / Shloka no.7)

  • In this shloka symptoms of Amavata (Rheumatoid arthritis) are explained, they are

Angamarda (Body pains)

  • Vrishchak damsha vat vedanam” means the  character of pain is same as of scorpion bite.

This is the cardinal sign of rheumatoid arthritis.

  • Aruchi (Loss of appetite due to mandagni)
  • Trishna (Increased thirst)
  • Goravam (Heaviness all over the body)
  • Jwara (Low-grade fever)
  • Apaka (Indigestion)
  • Inflammation – Usually swelling is present in all affected joints, especially more at knees.
  • Tenderness
  • Itching – Mostly itching is present along with swelling. Itching occurs due to kapha.
  • Stiffness – Early morning stiffness is also a cardinal sign of amavata. Gentle physical activities relieve stiffness
  • Warm – On touch, the inflamed area is hot /warm.
  • Weakness
  •  Decreased sleep
  • Reduced mobility or functional deformity of affected joints
  • In severe cases, joint deformity (swan neck deformity), arthritis mutilans and nodules can occur.

CATEGORIES

We can categorize amavata on the basis of dosha involvement

  • Vata pradhan amavata – Pain is the prominent feature of vata pradhan amavata.
  • Pitta pradhan amavata – Burning sensation along with redness on the affected joints is the typical sign of pitta pradhan amavata
  • Kapha pradhan amavata – Itching and stiffness on the afflicted joints  are the main features of kaphajanya amavata.

DIAGNOSIS

  • Alone on a clinical basis, we can’t confirm the diagnosis, we need to take the help of some other diagnostic tools to confirm rheumatoid arthritis.

These diagnostic tools are:

  • Rheumatoid factor
  • ESR (Erythrocyte sedimentation rate)
  • C-reactive (CRP)
  • X–ray
  • MRI

MANAGEMENT STRATEGY

  • The main cause of amavata is Mandagni so, the management starts with Agni

Management Strategy includes:

  • Increasing digestive fire
  • Detoxifying the body
  • Symptomatic management
  • Restoring functional deformity.
  • Boosting Immunity

Ayurvedic Treatment of Rheumatoid Arthritis

TREATMENT ACCORDING TO AYURVEDA

  • Treatment includes palliative care as well as detoxifying procedures, they are

Panchakarma

  • Among purification procedures Patra pinda swedana or Valluka Sweda, Upanaha sweda, Virechana, Vaitarna basti or Kshaar basti are helpful. They help to remove toxins and restore the functional deformities.

PALLIATIVE CARE

  • Internal medicines are required to remove toxins,  manage the symptoms and eradicate the cause of rheumatoid arthritis. Thus, Planet Ayurveda offers herbal supplements to manage rheumatoid arthritis by the name of ‘RA CARE PACK’, that includes – Boswellia curcumin, Aamavatantak churna, Joint aid plus, Ashwagandha and Rumogin 5 capsules.

RA CARE PACK

Let us go through their action

BOSWELLIA CURCUMIN

  • These capsules contain Shallaki (Boswellia serrata) and Haridra (Curcuma longa). Shallaki is a well-known herb for its action on joints. It has anti-arthritic and anti–inflammatory properties that help to relieve inflammation, restores the function of affected joints, and reduces the level of cartilage degrading enzyme.
  • Haridra has anti- inflammatory and anti- histamine properties thus relieves inflammation and infections.

Dosage: 2 capsules twice daily with plain water, after meals.

AAMVATANTAK CHURNA

  • The constituents of this formulation are – Ashwagandha, haridra, methi, gorakhmundi, surnanjan, shunthi. These herbs help to eliminate toxins, cleanse the channels of body, relieves stiffness and also these herbs act on digestive fire thus work as an appetizer and reduces the production of Aama.

Dosage: ½ to 1 teaspoon twice daily with plain water, after meals.

ASHWAGANDHA CAPSULES

  • Ashwagandha (Withania somnifera)   is a health tonic that helps to rejuvenate the body, boosts up immunity and also helps to maintain body strength and vigor. In amavata, ashwagandha alters the surroundings of joints so that the toxins will not gather over them.

Dosage: 2 capsules twice a day with plain water, after meals.

JOINT AID PLUS

  • These capsules composed of nirgundi, shallaki, ashwagandha, sounth, guggulu and giloy. It is considered as one of the best herbal supplements for rheumatoid arthritis because the herbs possess anti- inflammatory and analgesic properties. Thus, it reduces inflammation of swollen joints and pains by removing aama from the affected joints.

Dosage: 2 capsules twice daily with plain water, after meals.

RUMOGIN 5 CAPSULES

  • This herbal formulation contains, haldi, shallaki, and trikatu (saunth, maricha, and pippali). Basically, helps to strengthen joints detoxify body

Dosage: 1 capsule twice daily with plain water, after meals.

EXTERNAL APPLICATION

  • a) Lepa application of medicated paste over affected joints is beneficial. For this, you can prefer – vaishnavar churna, panchakola churna, etc.
  • b) Abhyanga – Oil massage is helpful you can use vishagarbha taila, dashmula taila, prasarnyadi taila, brihat saindhava taila, etc.

GUIDELINES

  • YOGA AND PHYSICAL EXERCISES are helpful in this condition to relieve stiffness.

HOME REMEDIES

  • You can add shunthi (dry ginger) powder in your diet, daily consumption of 1 gm of shunthi with lukewarm water on an empty stomach is proven beneficial in this condition.
  • Gomutra – Cow urine is helpful in treating rheumatoid arthritis, you can consume 5 ml of cow urine daily.
  • You can use hot and cold pack compressions alternately.
  • Castor oil is also helpful.

Diet in Rheumatoid arthritis

Avoid

  • Curd, milk, black gram, oily foods, all sea foods, citrus fruits, potatoes, brinjal, red meat, fast food, etc.

In Take

  • Prefer – Shunthi, shigru, rasona, hot water, black pepper, haldi, amla ajwain, hinga, jeeraka, karela, neem, apple, pumpkin, pointed gourd, lentils, etc.